Are There Border Collies With Blue Eyes? (BC Eye Color)

Border Collies With Blue Eyes. Photo of a Border Collie with two-tone eyes.

Yes, but it is very rare. Border Collies with merle coats are more likely to have blue eyes. Border Collies are one of the few breeds that have this coloration. Most Border Collie eyes are brown, with some Border Collies having amber or green eyes.

Their eye color ranges from dark brown to lighter shades of honey to amber, but they can also have a somewhat yellowish or reddish eye color.

Border Collies with blue eyes are pretty rare, but they can be born that way.

Can a border collie have blue eyes?

Yes, Border Collies can have blue eyes though it is fairly rare. The gene for blue eyes does not always show up, so you can have a litter of puppies with dark eyes even though both parents have blue eyes.

It is also possible for two dogs with blue eyes to produce a black-eyed pup if the other parent lacks the gene to pass on blue eyes. Though it is fairly rare, it is possible for two blue-eyed parents to produce a brown-eyed pup.

Blue eyes in Border Collies are inherited as a recessive trait and need both the male and the female to carry the gene if there is any hope of producing blue-eyed pups (they can also carry the gene without being blue-eyed themselves).

Do blue-eyed dogs have health problems?

No, the presence of blue eyes itself is not a health problem. However, Border Collies can have issues with their eyes just as any other dog breed does, such as glaucoma and cataracts.

If you notice any changes in your Border Collie’s eyes, take him to the vet right away so they can check for any possible problems.

Why do some border collies have one blue eye?

A pretty rare and unusual thing to occur in a Border Collie is one blue eye. Known as heterochromia, it is a rather cute and fun anomaly to have in a dog breed.

It isn’t clear why this occurs, but scientists think it has something to do with melanocytes migration during embryonic development. Melanocytes are cells whose main function is to produce melanin, giving your pup coloration (including color in their eyes).

In border collies, these cells migrate to the back of the iris as well as evenly throughout, so you will have a dog with some brown or blue eyes. If these melanocytes fail to reach the back of the pup’s iris, then a blue eye can occur. This is known as sectoral heterochromia.

How much does a blue-eyed border collie cost?

If you are looking into getting a blue-eyed Border Collie, then you should expect that this pup won’t come cheap.

You can expect to pay around $1500 to $5000 for a blue-eyed Border collie pup.

The price can vary depending on the breeder, geographical location, bloodline of the pup, and any other factors that might distinguish them from others in their litter.

They usually cost more than your average Border collie due to how uncommon they are.

Black and White Border Collie With Blue Eyes

Blue-eyed black and white Border Collies are even rarer.

If you are looking for a black and white, blue-eyed Border Collie, then you might have to look into breeding two blue-eyed pups together, though this can be pricey as well.

What color eyes will my border collie have?

Many different genes determine a dog’s eye color. Predicting a Border Collie’s eyes is not as simple as looking at the coat.

The amount of blue or brown pigment in the center part of the iris (the “iris ring”) is usually predictive of whether your dog will end up with one color or another.

Although most of the Blue-eyed are Merle coat dogs, it doesn’t mean a black and white border collie can’t be born with blue eyes.

When do border collies eyes change color?

A Border Collie puppy’s eyes will usually start blue at birth and then gradually change to the color they will be for the rest of their lives.

A blue eye will start to darken after about 3-4 weeks of age, and by 9 weeks, it should be pretty close to its final color.

The brown eyes don’t change nearly as much; even at 8 or 9 months old, they are often still very “milky” in appearance.

How can I get a blue-eyed border collie?

If you are looking to get a blue-eyed Border Collie, your best bet is to look for two blue-eyed BCs and breed them together.

You will need to ensure that all puppies born in the mother and father litters had blue eyes. However, even with all the puppies in the parent’s litter with blue eyes, you can end up with puppies with brown eyes this time.

It is always luck and genetics when it comes to breeding dogs, so there is no way of guaranteeing blue-eyed Border Collie puppies.

What color eyes does a border collie have?

The most common eye colors in Border Collies are brown and hazel. Most Border Collies usually have some mix of the two colors.

Border collies can have a variety of eye colors, including blue, black, brown, and amber/yellow.

However, a very rare color in BCs is having one blue eye and one brown or hazel eye.

Are blue eyes bad for dogs?

No, the presence of blue eyes itself is not a health problem. On the other hand, blue eyes might signal a condition known as interstitial keratitis, which is an eye disease characterized by a bluish-white film covering the transparent window of the eye.

Eye color is not a good indicator of whether or not a dog has inherited genetic eye diseases. Many dogs, including border collies, can be affected by various eye problems such as distichiasis, pigmentary keratitis, progressive retinal atrophy, and cataracts.

If you notice any changes in your Border Collie’s eyes, take him to the vet right away so they can check for any possible problems.

In conclusion

Border Collies can have blue eyes. However, it is pretty unusual, and they are more likely to have brown eyes.

Blue-eyed dogs are worth more than brown-eyed dogs.

The color of a Border Collie’s eyes does not affect their health; however, changes in the pup’s eye should be checked by a vet immediately to prevent possible problems.

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Andre Neves

Hi, I'm Andre and I'm the owner of Sula the Border Collie. I love writing about this amazing dog breed here. I joined the Council to be able to reach and educate more people on the joy of having a pet dog.